Between tooth grinding and canker sores...
February 26, 2013 9:49 PM Subscribe
I grind my teeth at night. This has already worn down my canines and causes stress on my teeth and gums. I have been repeatedly dentist-recommended to wear mouth guards at night. Shortly after I start wearing a guard (two-five days) I develop canker sores in my mouth and stop. Please fix this cycle.
posted by vegartanipla to health & fitness (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
These sores are painful enough that I immediately stop wearing the guard (I use the DenTek type
since they're low-profile), take more vitamins and put a medicated paste on them, and in another four-five days they go away. It generally takes me a couple months to decide to try it again. This whole cycle has repeated itself four times now. The sores seem to randomly generate (not location-specific).
Why is this happening? Am I accidentally biting, or is there some small amount of old mouth bacteria/saliva I'm not fully washing out of the guard that's causing a problem? If the latter, I've tried soaking the guard in hot water, washing it out with water jet, rinsing it in mouthwash or rubbing alcohol and then in water...
How can I stop the canker sores so I can actually use the guard?